'IAF to get 75 microlight gliders for NCC cadets'

New Delhi: NCC cadets would soon get exposure to flying as the Indian Air Force is procuring 75 microlight gliders to train them for aviation-related adventure activities, IAF chief Air Chief Marshal (ACM) NAK Browne said o Tuesday.

"We are getting many new microlight gliders. So they will get more hands-on training for not only the NCC activities, it will give them some exposure to the IAF (also)," ACM Browne said on the sidelines of a NCC function.

He was responding to a query on the measures being taken by the IAF for improving training of NCC's Air Wing cadets.

"At least by the time they (NCC cadets) get selected and they come to the IAF, they are that much more experienced. 75 micro-light gliders are in the pipeline," he said.

The Air chief said this training will also improve the standard of adventure activities of NCC which trains school and college students for a career in armed forces.

Earlier, he told the cadets that the IAF is eagerly waiting for youngsters with the quality to join it as pilots.

"You all must work hard and I am quite sure many of you will join the defence forces. After meeting you, I can say that the country is in safer hands with so many spirited youngsters eager to wear the uniform," he said.

Air Chief Marshal Browne today visited the NCC Republic Day camp here and interacted with the cadets who are participating in the month-long activity.

He was accorded an impressive Guard of Honour after his arrival in the camp area by the cadets drawn from all the three wings of NCC.

Later, the Air chief visited the Flag Area to witness the colourful tableau of various socio-economic themes by state contingents and addressed them.